Love It or Leave It
The saying goes, within six months you will find out if Cancun
The first time most of us came to Cancun or the Riviera Maya, we were laidback tourists on vacation. However, that lazy pace that makes this region an ideal vacation spot, can make it an infuriating place to live. Here are some things that you need to get used to or get packing.
Bills, Bills, Bills
Even when you have paid the utility bills, you might find yourself sitting in the dark. It isn’t you, but the company’s regular/irregular maintenance. Sometimes you receive a letter, most times not. Have candles, flashlight and a few garrafons of water at the ready.
You know that you fit in when you no longer freak out upon seeing a snake, an agouti or the ever present cucarachas strolling down the street. Don’t forget, they were here first.
The plumbing and sewage aren’t what we are used to. If we were to all flush the toilet paper down the toilet, this would be a heavily backed up country. Just get used to placing it in the bin.
Don’t even consider shopping or banking during your lunch break and having time left over for a bite to eat. Especially not on paydays. Also, learn which days of the week each grocery store runs their specials. Get there early or the line at the cash register may be 45 minutes, but you can’t beat the 5 pesos per kilo for limes.
Need maintenance done on your car or a home repair? You will hear a lot of no problema or the famous mañana. There is a distinct possibility that two months later you are still waiting, but don’t fault the repairman, as he was just trying to be accommodating and didn’t want to disappoint.
Learning Spanish helps you integrate into the community, so take that course and talk to your neighbors. Fitting in means joining-in when it comes to celebrations. It is the perfect way for expats to familiarize themselves with Mexican culture.
Life in Mexico is what you make of it and with some adjustment you can make it. Just remember the old saying, “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
With patience and a curious, welcoming attitude, you will fit in immediately / Photo:Gobierno de Cancun